Cabinet lighting has been around for many years. Early installations by carpenters, handy men and electricians were crude but effective. They had to cobble lighting fixtures using a plethora of spare parts, hide wiring and fabricate shielding for the specific installations without damaging the furniture or causing a fire.
With each installation, the techniques grew more sophisticated and methods were improved and adopted by individuals into styles. Few people are really good at installing custom lighting.
Take note, companies that specialize in cabinet lighting specifically are few and far between. It is a highly specialized skill that you won’t find in your local phone book. Referrals come by design professionals, word of mouth or by searching the internet.
As a young electrician for Rulon Electric working in affluent homes in River Oaks, I was exposed to many variations of cabinet lighting. I fell in love with the charm of display lighting and quickly became a student of custom cabinet lighting techniques and developed my own style, called Phantom Lighting.
Like my predecessors, I had to develop prototypes that would adapt to a variety of mounting orientations. I started by exploring new light sources that operated on low voltage transformers. Just so you know, low voltage transformers are small electrical devices that convert power from one voltage to another. In this case, I wanted to convert 120 volt house current to a safe 12 volt system. That way the wiring would be simple, safe and easy to conceal.
Having found the perfect light source, I moved my attention to shielding the lights and developed specialized lighting trims that concealed the light source from any angle. With each application unique, it required a custom trim for mounting lights horizontally and vertically. It was here that the tern “See the light, not the fixture” was coined.
Next, I turned my attention to designing a variety of wiring methods. This included wiring techniques for fixed applications and cabinets with adjustable shelves. I came up with the idea of electrifying the metal shelf supports using low voltage current as a conducting means to each individual shelf. The idea for the adjustable shelf wiring technique was so well received that I applied for and was awarded a US Patent.
The migration to cove lighting from cabinet lighting was easy. Take a proven recipe, create a new series of trims that would handle straight lines as well as radius turns and cove lighting was born. In fact, Phantom as a leader in linear lighting sources can be used throughout your home or office as an accent lighting source.
To this day, the recipe for Phantom Classic and Phantom Elite remains the same with thousands of applications installed worldwide.